Part of our learning curve, says Green

Cheshunt 60 Royston 7 ROYSTON coach Kevin Green is staying positive despite a heavy defeat at the hands of Cheshunt. He said: It wasn t a disaster. Individually we ­didn t play badly, but Cheshunt s teamwork was superior, and I consider them to be by far

Cheshunt 60 Royston 7

ROYSTON coach Kevin Green is staying positive despite a heavy defeat at the hands of Cheshunt.

He said: "It wasn't a disaster. Individually we ­didn't play badly, but Cheshunt's teamwork was superior, and I consider them to be by far the best team in the league.

"The players should treat this as part of their learning curve and hopefully it will be a lesson learned, as to ­compete at this level it is vital to play together as a team."

Apart from Shaun McDermott's consolation try, which was converted by Jason Deards, it was all one-way traffic as Cheshunt dominated.

Royston's man-of-the-match was second team captain Jamie Gillespie, who was drafted in at the last minute and put in a good performance.

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This weekend Royston have a break from league action when they play a friendly against Cantabridgian.

The match, at Therfield Heath, kicks off earlier than usual at 2pm.

Royston II 40 Hatfield II 5

IT was a good day all round for Royston seconds despite the withdrawal of Saturday's opponents Newmarket. After their league rivals pulled out, The Crows were awarded the points and a 15-0 victory, which has done much for their position in the league table.

And after arranging a late friendly fixture, Royston turned on the style against Hatfield.

The first 40 minutes were all Royston, as they piled on the pressure with the boots of Simon Rees and Ben ­Ritsema pinning Hatfield to their 22, with Gerry Cotterell and Tim Voyce stealing possession at every opportunity.

So it wasn't long before Royston opened the scoring with Dan Ritsema racing clear and crossing the line for a well-taken try that was then converted by Joe Hillman.

Dan Ritsema then added to the tally, with Ben ­Ritsema, man-of-the-match Stuart Highland, and ­Ronnie Barker all going over, as the impressive Hillman converted with unnerving accuracy, Royston going into the break with a 35-point lead.

The visitors hit back briefly in the second half, with one brilliant Lee Flavell tackle thwarting Hatfield.

Late on Royston turned up the pressure and extended their lead to 40-5, with Steve Cook setting up Hillman for another well-taken Royston try.

n ROYSTON under-9s had another good set of results against Wendons Ambo and Haverhill on Sunday.

Faced with Wendons Ambo first, Royston started slowly but managed to put points on the scoresheet by half- time, thanks to William Tyrrell and Ashley Jones.

The second half was much more free-flowing, and Royston displayed some good well-worked moves within the back line and ran out 35-10 winners.

However, the Haverhill team that Royston faced next was different from the one they met earlier in the season, and were better drilled and stronger in defence.

Despite this, it took just over a minute for the first to be scored, with Edward Shannon tearing through the defence to go over in the corner.

The Royston back line looked impenetrable, with Joseph Simons and Jamie Drage battling tirelessly, while Jake Letch and Jamie Capewell made ground in gaining possession whenever possible and as a result the young Crows won 35-5.

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